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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

When I speak to high school students, I tell them 

that Northwestern State University is in the life changing 

business. Our faculty, staff and students work together to 

provide educational opportunities that make people's lives 

better. But we couldn't do that without the work of several partners and one of the 

most important partners we have is Bossier Parish Community College. 

Under the leadership of former Chancellor Tom Carleton and current Chancellor 
Jim Henderson, who are both Northwestern graduates. BPCC and NSU have 
developed a close and mutually beneficial working relationship. This spring, we will 
honor Mr. Carleton with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his distinguished 
career as an educator and community leader. 

Bossier Parish Community College established a branch on Northwestern 
campuses in Natchitoches and Leesville-Fort Polk to provide college access to 
students who did not meet the new admissions standards at Northwestern. These 
branches called BPCC@NSU have been very successful in giving students the 
foundation they need to be prepared for a four-year university while providing a full 
college experience. 

Northwestern and BPCC have been partners in the successful Center for All 
Louisiana Learners (CALL) Program, which encourages adults who started college 
but did not earn a degree to return and complete their degree. NSU and BPCC 
piloted this program, and between the two institutions, more than 400 students are 
enrolled this semester and more than 100 students have received degrees. 

The two institutions have also signed agreements for several degree programs 
that allow BPCC students to transfer to Northwestern without losing any credit 
hours. This is an excellent example of how BPCC and NSU work together for the 
benefit of students. 

An exciting new collaboration is taking place in the Northwestern and BPCC 
nursing programs. BPCC recently received a $1.9 million Title III grant and 
Northwestern is a major partner in the grant. This five-year program will help the 
partnering institutions develop ways to strengthen our pre-clinical nursing programs 
which will provide better opportunities for our nursing students. 

As you can see, I have a great sense of pride in the relationship we have 
developed and I look forward to further opportunities to work together. 

Thank you to each of you for all you do to help Northwestern State University. 

William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni, 

As last fall's Homecoming festivities came to a 
close, I could not help but reflect on what a special place 
Northwestern is to so many people. New traditions, 
old friends reconnecting and a warm sense of family 
among alumni, friends and supporters of our university 

characterized the 2009 Homecoming celebration. It was a wonderful event that 
brought many visitors back home to Natchitoches. 

As you probably know, we have acknowledged Northwestern's 125'" 
anniversary in many ways, not only with exhibits, receptions and events, but also 
through music and poetry. The Homecoming 5K and luncheon were well received 
and the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band's appearances during 
football tailgating made the experience exceptional. I have been overwhelmed by 
the enthusiasm that greets me whenever I have the opportunity to visit with alumni. 
It truly makes me proud to be a Demon. 

In order to provide more of you with an opportunity to get involved, the Office 
of Alumni and Development is organizing formal alumni chapters across the state. 
We hope these chapters provide a way for alumni and friends in towns large 
and small to socialize, network, reminisce about their student days and visit with 
prospective students. If you are interested in starting a chapter in your town, please 
let us know and we will assist you in any way possible. 

I hope that many of you have the opportunity to be a part of the energy and 
camaraderie that is so prevalent at Northwestern right now. Thanks to you. our 
devoted alumni, our future has never been bnghter Thank you again for your 
continued support and best wishes for another great year in 2010. 

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President Joseph B. Stamcy. 

Natchitwhes. 1983 

Vice President Tommy Chester. 

Arcadia. 1969 

Secretar>'-Treasurcr Dr. Lisa Mathews. 

Benton, 1992 

Executive Director. W. Drake Owens. 

Natchitoches. 2004. 2005 


Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia. 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport. 1974. 197? 

\drian Howard Arlington. Texas. 198'' 

I'atricia Wiggins Mrapmann Dcstrehan. 1973. I97N 

(iail Jones Natchez. 1981. 199s 

Matt Koury Leesville. 1995 

Bryant Lewis HayiiesMlle. 195s 

t arroll Long Tyler. Texas. 197(1 

Dr Lisa Mathews Benlon. 1992 

l)a\id Morgan Austin. Te\a.s. 1973 

Kip Patrick Washington. DC . 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey NatchiicKhes. 1983 

(ilcnn Talbcrt Shreveport. 1964 

Rickv Walmsley Covmgton. 1985 

J Michael Wilbum Shre\ep*>rt. 1975 

Or. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993 


Kay la Wingficld Opelousas 

SGA President 

W Dnikc Owens. 20(U, 2005 

Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994 


Oav id West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 

Cireg Burke. William Broussard. 2(KH) 

(iarv llardamon 

Design I ayout 
Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 
NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited bv the 
Commission on (^olleges of the Southern Association 
of ColleRes and Schools (1866 Southern Ijine. Ilecatur. 
C.-orpa :)00.1.l-4097: Telephone number 4O4-679-4.'")01 Mo 
award AssiKiate. Baecalaun*at<?. Master's. Sp<M-ialist and 
Doctorate degrees. 

It IS the polirv' of Northwesteni State University of Louisiana 
not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex. national origin, age. or disability in its educational 
pn>grams. activities or employment practices. II 

Alumni News 

ve and romance blossom for alumni 

The lyrics of an old song say "Fairy 
tales do come true, it could happen to 
you...." Love and romance can bloom 
at any age and sometimes paths cross 
in unexpected ways. NSU has played 
a small role in bringing some youthful 
lovebirds together who met or recon- 
nected through alumni events. 

V V V 

Jean and Dudley Downing shared 
their romantic story that began during 
their undergraduate days in the 1950s. 

"I had a big crush on him in 1952 
and it was that summer that he brought 
me home from church. First Baptist 
in Natchitoches," said Jean, whose 
maiden name was Edwards and was 
called "Pete." "We dated off and on 
during the rest of our time there." 

The two were both active in the 
Baptist Student Union and other 
campus activities. Dudley was on the 
Honor Court from 1953-54, serving as 
Chief Justice while Jean was coed vice 
president of the student body. Jean 
graduated in August 1954 and Dudley 
graduated in January 1955. 

"After graduation we lost con- 
tact with each other. We both mar- 
ried and raised our families. He had 
four children and I had two," she 
said. Dudley's children are Robbie, 
John Dudley Jr., Johnette and Joanna. 
Jean's children are Kee and Jay. 

Dudley pastored Baptist churches 
around Louisiana while Jean taught 
school for 40 years, 39 of those in 

"After a while both our spouses 
passed away. In May of 2005 Dud- 
ley attended a Baker High School 
reunion in Baton Rouge. Jerry (1955, 
1 96 1 ) and Rose ( 1 956) Epperson 
were there. Rose gave Dudley my 
name and address and the next day 
he called. 1 was in Louisiana having 
attended the NSU 50+ luncheon on 
campus. I called home to check my 
messages and there he was. I returned 
his call and, as they say, the rest is 

The couple maintained a long 
distance courtship for two years, at- 

^ucCfey and' Jean 

Jean [JVoSCe Warren 


'WesCey Jacf^son^ 

tending several events at NSU. "We 
were married on June 9, 2007, in 
Sherman, Texas, at Fairview Baptist 
Church. My son. Jay Abies, a min- 
ister from California, conducted the 
ceremony. His biggest concern was 
what to call me. so. he said, 'Mother, 
do you take this man....' A couple 
of grandchildren served as atten- 
dents. There were five friends from 
our Northwestern days there. They 
were Lady Jane Patton, Byron Mc- 
Cain, Bob Tatuni, and Gene and Earl 
Haynes. It was a glorious day." 

After the marriage. Jean moved 
from Sherman to Harvey, where Dud- 
ley still works in ministry. 

"We can say, along with every- 
body else we knew then, that our years 
at Northwestern were the happiest of 
our lives," Jean said. 

V V V 

Jacquelyn Jackson, daughter 
of Wesley Jackson ( 1954) and Jean 
Noble Warren ( 1955) shared the story 
of her father and his sweetheart. 

Wesley was a journalism major at 
Northwestern, back from the Korean 
War, while Jean was an education ma- 
jor. Neither knew the other until they 
met at a New Orleans alumni gather- 
ing in April 2008, more than half a 
century after their undergraduate days. 
The meeting of the two, both wid- 
owed, began an inseparable friendship. 

Wes, who retired in 1988 after 34 
years as a staff writer and editor at the 
Times Picayune, and Jean, who taught 
elementary schools in Baton Rouge 
and Kenner for 32 years, were at the 
same table at the NSU gathering at 
Andrea's restaurant in Metairie. along 
with her son, Roger Jr. They struck up 
a conversation, as both knew lots of 
Northwestern students from the 1950s. 

The result was a series of dates 
and their present relationship. 

During his 1953-54 senior year at 
Northwestern. Wes met and mairied 
New Orleans education major, Fran- 
ces Claffee, also a senior, who died 
in 1958 from malignant melanoma. 
The couple had two children, daughter 
Jacquelyn and son Charles, both raised 
by relatives who also raised Wes after 
his parents divorced in New York City 
and he ended up with his father's fam- 
ily in Leesville. 

Wes remarried in I960 and his 
second wife, Bevery, died in 1976 
after a heart attack. 

Jean married Roger Warren in 
1 960 and has four daughters, Karen, 
Elizabeth, Sheri and Mary, and a son 
Roger Jr. Her husband died after a 
1980 heart attack. 

While at NSC, Jean was a student 
body coed vice-president, a member 
of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and 
was a Hall of Fame student in the 


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Alumni News 

Meet the Excellence Campaign Co-Chairs 


John and Lynne Manno 

A successful capital 
campaign depends on its 
leaders. These alumni are 
giving like never before, 
with their time and dedica- 
tion, as well as their contri- 
butions. We would like to 
thank them for their service 

Co-chairs John and 
Lynne Manno have made 
NSU a family tradition. 
Not only did they both 
attend Northwestern, but 
their children have, as well. 
John is vice president and 
co-owner of Southland 
Printing Company. He is a 
member of the Long Purple 
Line, NSU's Hall of Dis- 
tinction, and serves on the 
NSU Foundation Board of 
Directors. He and Lynne 
are also supporters of NSU 
Athletics and have estab- 
lished several scholarships. 
The Mannos are very 
involved in the Shreveport/ 
Bossier communities as 

Ted and Carmen Jones 


Assisting John and 
Lynne are honorary chairs 
Ted and Carmen Jones, Joe 
and Milo Dow and Bryant 
and Heloise Lewis. While 
they all have very differ- 
ent backgrounds, their love 
for and support of NSU 
through the years ties them 

Through a long career 
in law and public service. 
Ted Jones has put his edu- 
cation at Northwestern to 
good work. He has served 
as Chief of Staff to U.S. 
Representative Speedy O. 
Long, Special Counsel to 
Gov. John McKeithen and 
Counsel for Governmen- 
tal AlTairs to the State of 
Louisiana for Govs. McK- 
eithen and Fdwin Fdwards. 
He was inducted into the 
Long Purple Line in 2003 
and received the honoraiy 
doctorate of humane letters 
from NSU in 2005. His 

Joe and Milo Dow 

wife. Carmen, was selected 
Mrs. Louisiana in 1985 
and was made an honor- 
ary alumna in 2009. Ted 
and Carmen award se\ eral 
scholarships each year to 
incoming freshmen. 

Joe Dow came to NSU 
from Syria in the 1960s. 
He studied math as a stu- 
dent, but began installing 
and building fences after 
class. He turned that ex- 
perience into creating Dow 
Pipe and Fence Supply, 
one of the largest whole- 
sale fence companies in the 
country. He was inducted 
into the Long Purple Line 
in 2004 and received the 
honorary' doctor of humane 
letters in 2008. Joe and his 
wife, Milo, generously do- 
nated the materials to con- 
struct the gates at se\ eral 
entrances to Northwest- 
em's Natchitoches campus 
and have also endowed a 
scholarship. Milo became 

Bryant and Heloise Lewis 

an honoran, alumna of 
NSU in the fall of 2009. 

Brvant Lewis has 
enjoyed a very successful 
business career as owner 
and operator of Magno- 
lia Pulpwood Company. 
Bryant is a past Louisiana 
Forestry- Commissioner. 
He has stayed connected 
to NSU by serving on the 
Alumni Association Board 
of Directors. Brvant was 
inducted into the Long 
Purple Line in 2007. He 
and his wife. Heloise. 
established the Br\ant and 
Heloise Lew is Fndowed 
Professorship in Business 
and an endowed scholar- 

To contribute to the 
E.xcellence: Yesterday. 
Todav and Tomonow 
capital campaign, contact 
the Alumni Center at (3 1 8) 
357-4414 or go to www. 

V Love and Romance. ..Continued from Page 

1955 Potpourri. She v\as president of 
Future Teachers of America and Inter- 
denominational Council. 

Wes. who was 15 when he en- 
rolled at NSU. was a Current Sauce 
sports editor and played in the march- 
ing and concert bands ;uul the l)c- 
monaires dance band. He also won a 
literary award in his senior year. As 
a journalist, he was a reporter, pho- 
tographer anil religion editor and his 
by lines emanaled from some 80 U.S. 

cities as well as Israel. Canada and 
Mexico. He also w rote color stories 
for 2 1 Sugar Bowls and four Super 
Bow Is. His 54-part series in the 
I97()s-8()s is the only known history 
of religion in I,ouisiana. 

lor both septuagenarians (Wes 
is 76 and Jean is 75) the faiiA tale 
romance of the Manhattan- and 
Mangham-honi ihio. w ho graduated 
from high schools in Leesv ille and 
Winnsboro respectively. ( 1948 and 

1 95 1 ). turned out to be an unexpected 
highlight, thanks to a Northwesiern 
State alumni event. 

"We are still verv much a couple, 
moieso and moreso." Wes said. 

"My dad and Jean are like two 
voung kids in love." Jacquelyn said. 
■'Thev are v erv happv together and 
it is true love. That makes it all the 

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Homecoming 2009 - A 125 Celebration 

Dozens of enthusiastic partici- 
pants made the Homecoming 
Golf Tournament a success. 

Lyn Hargrave (1966, 1968), Dr. 
Thomas Hennigan (1951) and 
Thomas C. Hennigan (1982) 
were among the attendees at 
the Long Purple Line reception. 

Phillip Hattaway was first place 
winner in the 2009 Homecom- 
ing 5k Fun RunA/Valk, which 
wound through the NSU cam- 
pus. Hattaway's time was 

Tom Paul (1943) and 
Maxine(1942) South- 
erland were among 
the honored guests at 
the Long Purple Line 

The Sutton family, descendants of 
Capt. Leopold Caspari, a found- 
ing father of Northwestern, were 
among the guests at the NSU-125 
luncheon, held at the Natchitoches 
Events Center. From left are Ellen 
Donaldson, Kerlin (1948) and Mar- 
garet (1947) Sutton, Thomas Mark Donaldson (partially hidden), 
Marshall Sutton, Jonathan Donaldson and Mark Sutton (1976). 

Poem incorporates campus ghost story into 125 anniversary 




ne of the enduring campus traditions 
at Northwestern State University is the 
story of Isabella, the campus ghost. 

Professor of English Julie Kane has linked 
the story of Isabella with Northwesteni''s history in a bal- 
lad written for the University's 125"' anniversary celebra- 
tion. Kane read The Ballad of Isabella at the Homecom- 
ing luncheon last fall. 

"I was looking for a way to pull together 125 years of 
history," said Kane, a nationally acclaimed poet, who has 
been a faculty member at Northwestern for 10 years. "I 
read the 125"^ anniversary book and Dr. Marietta LeB- 
reton's book on the history of Northwestern and spent 
some time in the Cammie Henry archives. As I did my 
research, I kept my focus on Isabella." 

According to legend, Isabella lived before the Civil 
War. At one time she was in love with a young man who 
was killed in a duel ofhonor. She became a nun and 
lived in Bullard Mansion which was on the current site of 
Northwestern. Isabella was a recluse who only came out 
at night to talk to her lover. Following a violent storm, 
she stabbed herself through the heart with a knife, leaving 
a bloody handprint the wall. Tradition says that she 

Julie Kane 

leaves a bloody handprint on the 
wall or door of every building in 
which she resides. 

Isabella is said to inhabit the 
oldest building on Northwest- 
em's campus which is Nelson 
Hall, the home of the National 
Center for Preservation Technol- 
ogy and Training. The building, 
which is the former Women's 
Gymnasium, was built in 1923. 

In 1904, she was moved from Bullard Mansion when 
it was torn down to East Hall. Isabella was moved in 
1926 from the site of the demolished East Hall to the 
music education building. When that building was torn 
down in 1948, Isabella was escorted to Caldwell Hall 
where she stayed until the 1982 move to Nelson Hall 
cifioi C;:.iuv^ ell Hall was destroyed in a fire. A ceremony 
was held in 2001 to welcome Isabella to the rehabilitated 
Nelson Hall. 

"In the ballad, I bring in how the campus and its mis- 
sion has changed. Northwestern students adopted Isabella 
as a symbol of the university," said Kane. 

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w Carl Wright (1974) has joined Techmer 
PM as site manager of the Dalton, Ga.. fiber 

Wright graduated from NSU with a de- 
gree in math and physics. "Carl brings more 
than 30 years of industry experience and a 
history of technical leadership and product 
innovation. " said John Manuck, Techmer PM 
president and CEO. 

Techmer PM's Dalton Fiber Center 
designs and produces custom color mas- 
terbatch for the fibers industry. It opened in 
May 2008 and includes a new custom color 
development center. Built with designers and 
manufacturing in mind, the center provides 
fast turnaround of color matches and the 
ability to supply everything from a visual 
representation (pom or yarn card wrap) to a 
full, textunzed package of yarn that is ready 
for twisting, tufting or weaving. 

The center is one of six Techmer manu- 
factunng facilities in the U.S. The others are 
Avon, Ohio; Clinton, Tenn.: Rancho Domin- 
guez, Calif.; Naperville, III.; and Wichita, Kan. 

w Dr. Derwood Duke (1974) was named 
Natchitoches Pansh School District super- 
intendent earlier this year. An educator for 
the last 50 years. Duke's titles have included 
coach, teacher, pnncipal and superintendent. 
From 1997-2004. he was an associate 
professor of educational leadership at NSU. 
A native of Shongaloo, Duke earned a B.S. 
in physical education with a minor in math at 
the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 
1959, a master's in education administration 
with a minor in physical education from USL 
in 1959 and his doctoral in education with 
emphasis in physical education and a minor 
in administration from NSU. 

Duke has been marned for 51 years to 
Ann Gibson. The couple has three children 
and six grandchildren. 

W Steve Mathies (1976). a former director 
of the Baratana-Terrebonne National Estuary 
Program, has been hired to oversee the 
office that does work directed and funded 
through the Louisiana Coastal Protection and 
Restoration Authonty. A native of St. Tam- 
many Pansh, Mathies received bachelor's 
and master's degrees from Northwestern and 
a doctorate from Mississippi State Univer- 
sity in botany. He has worked as a natural 
resource specialist for the US Army Corps of 
Engineers and is a former assistant secre- 
tary for the Louisiana Department of Natural 

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^ Josh Fosdick (1997) was named 
assistant coach for both the men's and 
women's golf squads at Oklahoma State 
University. Fosdick spent the previous two 
years as head coach of the boys' program 
at Edmond (Okla.) Memorial High School. 
In his two seasons, the Bulldogs finished in 
the top 10 in eight of their nine tournaments 
and posted top-10 finishes each year at the 
Class 6A State Tournament. In 2008. he was 
named the Region 8 Coach of the Year. Off 
the course, both of his squads were honored 
with academic achievement awards for 
overall grade point average. Fosdick was a 
three-year letterwinner for the Demons. He 
also served as team captain for NSU as a 
senior. Fosdick continued his education at 
Oklahoma State where he completed gradu- 
ate level work in organic chemistry. Fosdick 
served as an assistant golf professional at 
three different golf courses before embarking 
upon a professional playing career in 2003. 
The Casper, Wyo., native competed on the 
NGA Hooters Tour for two seasons, posting 
several top-10 finishes dunng the 2003 and 
2004 seasons. 

© David Gunn (2001 , 2005) has been 
appointed advisor to the Student Govern- 
ment Association at Loyola University, where 
he is director of co-curricular activities. In 
a feature article in The Maroon, Loyola's 
newspaper, Gunn credited his experience at 
NSU as the reason for following a career in 
higher education. At NSU. Gunn majored in 
political science and initially planned to go 
to law school until he became president of 
NSU's SGA, finding, he said, his identity as 
a college student. He worked as an adviser 
to the student government at Louisiana State 
University for 3-1/2 years before joining the 
staff at Loyola. Gunn will also be taking over 
as adviser of Interfraternity Council. As a 
Sigma Nu fraternity member, Gunn is hoping 
his past experiences will also help in his role 
as adviser for IFC. 

^ Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal an- 
nounced the appointment of Edmund Antie 
(1976) to the Louisiana Information Technol- 
ogy Advisory Board last September. The 
Louisiana Information Technology Advisory 
Board serves to examine emerging technolo- 
gies and advise the chief information officer 
on the use of information technology. 
The board is compnsed of five at-large gu- 
bernatonal appointments and each statewide 
elected official, other than the governor, 

or their designees. The board includes the 
President of the Senate or their designee, 
the Speaker of the House of Representa- 
tives or their designee, the Chief Justice or 
their designee, one representative from the 
Office of the Governor, one representative 
from postsecondary education selected from 
recommendations submitted by the Louisi- 
ana Postsecondary Education Information 
Technology Council and the CEO of each 
department within the scope of authority of 
the office of information technology. 

Antie, of Lafayette, is the managing 
partner for Network USA. a telecommunica- 
tions company, and a member of the Institute 
of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Antie 
will serve as an at-large gubernatorial appoin- 
tee, as required by statute. He is a graduate 
of Northwestern's Computer Information 
Systems program. 

© Dr. David B. Williams (1965,1966) 

was elected president of The College Music 
Society. Dr. Williams has been an instrumen- 
tal part of this international organization for 
over 30 years. He assumed the position of 
president-elect beginning January 2010 and 
will become president in January 2011 . Wil- 
liams is Professor Ementus of Music and Arts 
Technology at Illinois State University where 
he served on the faculty for 30 years. He has 
also taught at the University of Guam, Uni- 
versity of Washington, and California State 
University Los Angeles. He is co-author of 
the textbook, Expenencing Music Technol- 
ogy (Cengage Learning/Schirmer). now in 
its fourth edition. David is marned to Kay 
Owens Williams (1965) who was a member 
of Purple Jackets. 

© Retired U.S. Army Gen. Brig. Gen. 
James K. Gorley (1958, 1960) was inducted 
into the Bossier High School Hall of Fame 
last October. Inductees must have been 
students or faculty members at Bossier High 
and gone on to make a significant contribu- 
tion in their fields and society as a whole. 
Coriey. a faculty inductee, served as principal 
from 1980-84 and in the Bossier Pansh 
School System from 1960-84. He served in 
the Louisiana Army National Guard beginning 
in 1956 and rose through the ranks, eventu- 
ally commanding the 256th Infantry Brigade. 
Coriey later served as chief of staff for the 
Louisiana National Guard. 

W Jimmy Barnhill (1970) was mentioned 
in an article entitled "CSI: Louisiana" that 

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Faculty and alumni contribute to Service League cookbook 

The Service League 
of Natchitoches, Inc. has 
released their third cook- 
book, Steel Magnolias in 
the Kitchen, "A Journey 

Cane River's Heritage and 
the Mystery of Southern 
Charm." This book fol- 
lows the award-winning 
Cane River Cuisine and 
Cane River's Louisiana 

Contributions to the 
book come from many 
NSU alumni, as well as 
current and former fac- 
ulty and staff. A painting 
by NSU alumnus Patrick 
Hollier was chosen for 
the cover design. 

The new cookbook 
commemorates and 
celebrates what it means 

to be a "Steel Magno- 
lia," the combination of 
strength and charm that 
defines women of the 
Natchitoches area past 
and present. Noted area 
chefs, as well as mem- 
bers and other great 
cooks, contributed over 
700 recipes that were 
double-tested before final 
selection for inclusion in 
the book. These recipes 
were chosen because 
they represent the unique 
blend of flavors, cultures 
and traditions that define 
Natchitoches updated to 

reflect how the modern 
woman cooks. 

The Service League 
supports scholarships 
that benefit NSU stu- 
dents, the Marsha Thom- 
as Pendleton Scholarship, 
the Shirley Pittman Smi- 
ley Scholarship and the 
Anna Cloutier Harrington 

The book is now on 
sale at area vendors as 
well as on line at http:// or 
from League members. 
For additional informa- 
tion, call (318) 352-6723. 

appeared in SB Magazine, a monthly 
publication that highlights features and news 
in the Shreveport/Bossier area. Barnhill 
is system director at the North Louisiana 
Crime Lab, home of Shreveport/Bossier's 
forensic investigations. In the article, Barnhill 
described the lab's functions in analyzing 
evidence that helps identify perpetrators or 
enhance evidence useful in investigations, 
including drug identification, firearm identifi- 
cation and DNA analysis. Barnhill's interview, 
as well as those of his colleagues, dispelled 
many myths perpetuated by television crime 
dramas. He also advised young people inter- 
ested in forensic science careers to pursue 
degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiol- 
ogy, genetics or molecular genetics. 

O John Delphen (1982) designer/owner 
of Delphen's Drafting of Baton Rouge was 
honored recently by the New Orleans Historic 
District Landmarks Commission for his de- 
sign drawings to restore the home located at 
5116 Chartres Street 

The awards ceremony, held at the New 
Orleans City Council chamber last October, 
recognized home designers and architects 
for work in new construction, renovation, and 
restoration in New Orleans historic areas. 

The Chartres Street home was in such a 
state of decay that the architectural style was 
unrecognizable by most and had been slated 
for demolition by the city. Delphen's award 
is one of only 35 that have been awarded in 
the last 4 years. Delphen has been studying 
historic houses for over 30 years and uses 
yearly vacation travel as an opportunity to 


study various architectural styles prominent 
around the United States. 

John grew up in Natchitoches, and is 
a graduate of Natchitoches Central High 
School and NSU. 

© Jessica Holly Willrodt (1995) has 

joined WGNO-TV in New Orleans as a co- 
anchor of ABC 26 News at 5 and 10 p.m. She 
is also anchoring NOLA 38 News at 9 p.m. on 
WNOL-TV. Tribune Television New Orleans 
Vice President / General Manager Phil Water- 
man made the announcement last fall stating, 
"Jessica is a great journalist and communi- 
cator. She understands Louisiana and the 
issues we face living here. We're very happy 
to add her experience and leadership to the 
ABC 26 News team." 

Jessica is returning after an award 
winning career at WKRG in Mobile, Kill in 
Corpus Christi, KLFY in Lafayette, and KALB 
in Alexandria. As a veteran Gulf Coast jour- 
nalist, Jessica has covered many hurricanes 
and tropical storms. 

© Cindy Chapman (1988) is the site 
manager for the Twin Cities momslikeme. 
com and national spokesperson for the site, a 
network for mothers seeking support, tips and 
advice about child-rearing. The Twin Cities 
site recently made national news when one of 
the moms gave birth live on the site. 

O Navy Seaman Shannon L. RIchterberg 
(2006) completed U.S. Navy basic training 
at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, 

III. During the 8-week program, Richterbert 
completed a varity of training which included 
classroom study and practical instruction on 
naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water 
safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft 
safety. An emphasis was also placed on 
physical fitness. The capstone event of boot 
camp is Battle Stations, an exercise that 
gives recruits the skills and confidence they 
need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations 
is designed to galvanize the basic warrior 
attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork 
and endurance in each recruit through the 
application of basic Navy skills and the core 
values of honor, courage and commitment. 
Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take 
into account what it means to be a sailor. 

^ Friendships that began a lifetime ago 
were renewed in May 2009 when the Water- 
proof High School Class of 1953 held their 
annual reunion at the home of Dan and Lilly 
Chase in Baton Rouge. Although most high 
school classes consider themselves special, 
this one is unique in that six of the seven 
graduates continued their education at North- 
western State College pursuing careers as a 
dentist, teacher, teacher/administrator, coach 
and highly successful businessman, biologist 
and college professor. All are now retired. In 
2010, Alma Rabb Alost, Dan Chase, Joe 
Cornett, Harry Goodfellow, Irene Trevilllon 
Lee and Mervin Wampold are planning to 
get together once more. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 5 

Alumni News 

Alumnus saved by new medical technology 

NSU alumnus Bill O'Bannon 
was given another ehance at life 
when the world's tiniest heart pump 
sa\ed his life last year. O'Bannon. 
who graduated with a business 
administration degree in 1960, was 
saved by the Impella Cardiae Assist 
De\iee. Flis son. Derron ( 19S8). a 
Ibrmer Vie the Demon, \\ anted to 
share his father's story. 

Bill, who has worked as a self- 
employed insuranee adjustor in 
Natehitoches for many years, had his 
first heart attack in the early 1 990s 
and was not expected to recover. 
Last summer, he began having chest 
pains while cutting grass. A short 
time later, another episode sent him 
to ICU and he was flown to Ochsner 
Hospital in New Orleans. In the Crit- 
ical Care Unit, he suffered another 
episode in which his blood pressure 

dropped and his color disapeared in a 
matter of minutes. By coincidence, a 
representative from the company that 
de\ eloped the Impella de\ ice was at 
Ochsner, training hospital statThov\ 
to use it. The device works by tempo- 
rarily relieving the heart's pumping 
function. pro\iding the time needed 
to allow the heart to rest and reco\ er. 

The team of doctors quickly 
inserted the cathater-based device 
through Bill's leg and it immediately 
began doing the work of Bill's heart. 
Soon, Bill was back in his hospital 
room, stabilized and talking. 

Before the de\ ice w as removed 
five days later, he had become a 
small celebrity at the hospital, visited 
by staff and doctors in training in- 
trigued by the hospital's first patient 
to receive the new treatment. His 
children began calling him Im- 

pella Man. Derron said. Derron also 
praised the quality of care his father 
received at Ochsner. w ith otT-duty 
doctors and nurses calling to check 
on him. e\ en after his discharge. 

After its removal. Bill kept his 
Impella device as a trophy to show 
his cotTee buddies. He was ad\ ised to 
resume reasonable physical acti\ ities 
and went back to work. 

Derron praised his father's 
fortitude, work ethic and sacrifices 
he made in his life for his children. 
After his wife's death in 1982, Bill 
raised his three children, Derron. 
DeWayne and Denise. ne\ er taking 
time olTwork. 

He is now able to enjoy life w ith 
his significant other. La\ erne Cham- 
bers, and their children and grand- 
children. He also cares for his uncle, 
E.E. McLaren. 

Strother receives honorary degree at Fall Commencement 

Raymond Strother 

Northwestern State 
University awarded an 
honorary doctorate of 
humane letters to political 
strategist and author Ray- 
mond Strother at its Fall 
Commencement Exer- 
cises in December. Strother 
spoke to graduates at both 
ceremonies as he receiv ed 
the honors. 

Strother attended 
Northwestern on a track 
scholarship and lettered two years. He transferred to LSL' 
w here he became ad\ ertising director and then editor of 
ihc Daily [Reveille. While attending LSU he was the night 
reporter and photographer for the Associated Press. His 
master's thesis written in 1965 (The Political Candidate 
and the Advertisuig Organization) predicted that media 
and not organization would dominate future political 
campaigns. He was correct until Barack Obama's 2008 
presidential campaign. 

Strother has been the media producer and coiisultanl 
for tlo/ens of U. S. Senators and scores o\' I louse mem- 
bers. He worked on the presidential campaigns of bi>th 
(Jar\ Hart and Al (iore. Strother has produced media for 
sixteen gubernatorial campaigns including four for Bill 

Clinton. He worked in the Vice Presidential and Senate 
campaigns for Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. He has won awards 
for long form documentaries for ci\ il rights hero, .lohn 
Lew is and Bentsen. 

Strother is in the Long Purple Line at NSU and the 
LSU .lournalism Hall of Fame. He served as both presi- 
dent and chairman of the board of the American Associa- 
tion of Political Consultants and in 1999 was a resident 
fellow at the Institute of Politics at Har\ard University. 
In 2004. he was named the first honorarv Fellow at the 
University of Akron. In Nov. 2007, an exhibit depicting 
his life was dedicated in the Hall of Notable People in 
the Gulf Coast Museum. In 2008 he was inducted into 
the American Association of Political Consultants Hall of 
Fame. I hat year he was a Fellow at the Dole Institute of 
Politics at the University of Kansas. He held the Erbon 
W. and Marie Wise Endowed Chair in Jounialism at 
Northwestern in 2007-08 and 2008-09. 

I:. P Dutton published his novel. Cottonwood, about 
a political consultant w ho loses his soul and in 2004. his 
best selling autobiographv. Falling Up, was published. 
Strother is a frequent ciMiimentator on network telev i- 
sioii and was an aiiaKst in 2000 on the Vice Presidential 
Debates for PBS. He has w riitcn for Newsv\'eek, the New 
^ork I imes, Washington Post, .Atlanta Constitution and 
scores of other publications. 

Strother and his wife, Sandv live in Bo/eman, Mont. 

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Campus News 

Six members of the NSU faculty 
were recognized with Excellence 
in Teaching awards last fall, based 
on scholarship, leadership and service 
to their colleges. From left are Lyndsey 
Miller and Drake Owens, Alumni Affairs; 
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, and 
honorees Bill Shaw, College of Liberal 
Arts; Dr Margaret Kilcoyne, College of 
Business; Dr. Ron McBride, College of 
Education; Dr Rondo Keele, Louisiana 
Scholars' College; Renee Downey College 
of Nursing, and Dn Sonia Tinsley College 
of Science and Technology. 

Northwestern State University bestowed 
the honor of Professor Emeritus on Dr. William 
Dennis of Natchitoches, center, who served in 
NSU's Department of Engineering Technology 
from 1972 until his retirement in 2003. Congrat- 
ulating Dennis were Dr. Austin Temple, dean of 
the College of Science and Technology, left, and 
Dr. Tom Hall, current head of the Department of 
Engineer Technology 

Alumni-sponsored counselor lunches help attract students 

Northwestern alumni gener- 
ously supported recruiting efforts by 
hosting lunches across the state for 
high school guidance counselors and 
principals. During the luncheons, 
counselors were greeted by recruit- 
ers, deans and department heads and 
presented with information about 
Northwestem's areas of excellence 
and the school's newest innovations. 

"We had a great response," said 
Director of Recruiting Jana Lucky. 

"This is the perfect way to distrib- 
ute infomiation to these guidance 
counselors, who are the gateway to 
the students. These counselors set 
up visits that allow our recruiters in 
the schools to visit with students and 
parents. Without our alumni spon- 
soring these luncheons, they would 
not be possible." 

The counselors were given schol- 
arship information and other materi- 
als to pass along to their students. 

Hosts for the lunches were 
Frank Marino with Atmos Energy at 
Impastato's in New Orleans, William 
and Ann Haile and Al and Marga- 
rette Moreau with Moreau Physical 
Therapy at the Baton Rouge Country 
Club, Cheryl Wilson with Rapides 
General Medical Center at Tunk's 
Cypress Inn in Alexandria, and Mike 
Knotts at the University Club in 


Members and spouses of the N Club gathered at Griffin's 
Lodge on Toledo Bend Lake for a Christmas gathering 
hosted by Dan Dyess. Attending were, seated from left, 
Opal Gaspard, Yvone Most, Vera Bonnette, Nelda Em- 
mons, Bettie Ledet, Delores Fuller, Bettie Bruning, Shirley 
Turner, Sue Sibley Nancy Undenwood, Nell Harlen, Pat 
Kelly, Liz Simmons, Babe Cole, Sidney Bankston and 
Johnnie Marshall. On the back row are Sonny Fuller, 
Donnie Kelly, Bobby Most, Walter Ledet, Doc Bankston, 
Johnny Haynes, Jim Tumer, Earl Haynes, Steve Cole, M.N. 
Ray, Jim Brewnan, Johnny Emmons, Tousey Wagoner, 
Roy Undenwood, Rev. James Poole, Johnnie Jackson, Dan 
Simmons, Sam Ruben and Tyrus Sibley. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 7 

Foundation News . 

Foundation News 

A rhetoric and debate professor- 
ship established by a Northwestern 
State University alumnus has been 
fulfilled, and its benefactor plans to 
lead a fund raising campaign for a 
second professorship to honor a dis- 
tinguished former NSU professor and 
debate coach. Dr. Ralph Ropp. who 
was later President o\' Louisiana Tech 

Ted Roberts 

The Theodore Harris Roberts 
Professorship was created by Ted 
Roberts, a 1949 NSU graduate. 
Roberts is the retired President of 
LaSalle National Corporation, a 
SI 00 billion Chicago bank holding 
company. During a 50-year banking 
career he was also executive vice 
president of one of Chicago's larg- 
est commercial banks, president oi'a 
Federal Reserve Bank and chairman 
of Chicago's largest savings bank. A 
native of Zwolle. he earned a degree 
in government from NSU. a masters 
in political science from Oklahi)ma 
State University and attended the 
(iraduatc School of Business at the 
University of Chicago. 

Roberts is a long-time member 
of the NSU President's Council, was 
iiamcti a distinguished alumnus and 
uuluctcd \n\() NSU's Long Purple 
Line, the university's hall of distinc- 
tion, ui 1996. He was commencement 
speaker m 1998. 

Roberts resides ui lake forest. 
111., a Chicauo suburb, with his wife 

Flisabeth. They ha\e three adult chil- 
dren and eight grandchildren. 
Roberts urges all former debaters to 
contribute to the proposed professor- 
ship honoring Dr. Ropp. For further 
details, contact NSU's Office of 
Alumni and Development at (3 1 8) 

— e?5ae — 

The NSU Foundation received a 
gift of $5,000 from Chesapeake En- 
ergy to establish student scholarships. 

Five Northwestern students will 
receive S500 scholarships in the fall 
and spring semesters. 

Students recei\ ing the Chesa- 
peake Energy Scholarship must be 
either a sophomore or junior with a 
grade point average of at least 2.75. 

Headquartered in Oklahoma 
City, Chesapeake Energy is one of 
the largest producers of natural gas 
in the nation and the most active 
driller of new wells in the U.S. The 
company is active in the Haynesville 
Shale of east Texas and northwestern 

— esse — 

Lovell Willis of Natchitoches has 
been selected as the 2009 w inner of 
the Norman Taylor Dow ty Scholar- 
ship at Northwestern State Uni\er- 
sity. Willis is a junior broadcast 
journalism major and is in the Army 
ROTC program at Northw estem. 

Dowty, a graduate of Bolton 
High School in .Alexandria attended 
Northwestern w here he w as editor (A' 
the student newspaper, the Current 
Sauce, and was in\ol\ed w ith speech 
and debate. He left Northwestern 
to join the Naval Air Corps and was 
trained as a Na\al pilot before the 
bombing of Pearl I larbor. 1 le mar- 
ried Rivers Rhodes of Natchitoches 
in August 1942. In March of 1944. a 
U.S. Naval task force destrovcd two 
enemy submarines in the North At- 
lantic, and Dowty, a Navs pilot, had 
a leading role in both. He left behind 
his w ife and an infant daughter 

"1 am humbled to receive an 
award named after a hcvo like It. 

(j.g.) Dowty." said Willis. "It means a 
great deal to me to have this associa- 
tion w ith him. 1 am thankful to the 
famil> of Lt. j.g. Dowty for provid- 
ing this scholarship and to those who 
selected me." 

Willis, a graduate of Natchi- 
toches Central High School, had 
planned to enter the Nav y after high 

Willis" ambition is to become 
a sportscaster for ESPN. He thinks 
being an ROTC Cadet combined 
w ith the experience he is getting in 
Northwestern "s journalism program 
can help him achieve that lofty 
goal. Willis has been involved in 
the twice-weekly new s broadcast on 
Northwestern 's local cable channel 
NSU 22. 

The Norinan Ta\ lor Dow ty 
Scholarship is awarded to a student 
based on creativity and achievement 
in journalism, the arts, humanities or 
the sciences. Recipients must have 
sophomore, junior or returning senior 
status at the time of selection. The 
scholarship is awarded bv a univer- 
sity committee, based upon recom- 
mendations from department heads 
in the College of Liberal Arts and 
the College of Science and Technol- 
ogy w ho hav e identified deserv ing 

The Foundation received a gift of 
$550,000 from the estate of DeRid- 
der businessman Richard Da\ is. 

Dav is. who died in 2006. left 
proceeds of S55().()00 from timber- 
land in Beauregard Parish to the 
Foundation. The donation is one of 
the largest individual gifts given to 
the universitv in its 125-vear histon. 
The money will be endowed to create 
student scholarships. 

Dav is" father Richard "Rough 
and Readv " Dav is w as a baseball and 
track letterman at laHiisiana State 
Nomial School (now Northw estem 
State). It was his intention to leave 
this money to NSU to assist students 
from \ernon and Beaureuard Parish. 

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Foundation News . 

The NSU Foundation received a dona- 
tion from the estate of the late Richard 
Davis to create student scholarship. 
From left are NSU Athletic Director Greg 
Burke, Director of Alumni and Develop- 
ment Drake Owens, Davis' attorney Er- 
ica Anderson and Dr. William Broussard. 

including student-athletes since his 
father competed for Louisiana State 
Normal School. 

Six $5,000 scholarships will be 
awarded this year with three $5,000 
scholarships being awarded to stu- 
dent-athletes and three $5,000 schol- 
arships presented to students with at 
least a 3.0 grade point average from 
Beauregard or Vernon Parish. 

Northwestem's athletic pro- 
gram will receive $300,000 to create 
endowed scholarships with $220,000 
going to the NSU Foundation. 

The Foundation will use 
$100,000 to create an endowed 
scholarship fund and $120,000 will 
be used to create two First Gen- 
eration Endowed Scholarships. The 
initial First Generation Endowed 
Scholarship should receive $40,000 
in matching fijnds in 2010 and the 
second should be matched in 2012. 
Students with at least a 3.0 grade 
point average from Beauregard or 
Vernon Parish will qualify for the 


Davis worked in timber manage- 
ment. He was a graduate of DeRidder 
High School and taught at LaGrange 
High School. He served in the 
Airborne Unit 256th and instructed 
the Brigade National Guard in Lake 
Charles. He was the Third Battalion 
Security Officer. General Aide in 
the 256th and Captain Communica- 
tions Officer in the Reserved Officers 
Pool. He finished third at the 1990 
National Tae Kwon Do tournament. 
Davis received the honor Outstand- 
ing Bean Farmer of the Year. He was 
past vice president of the Jaycees, a 
member of the Kiwanis Club, served 
on the Federal Land Bank Board of 
Directors and City Savings Bank Ad- 
visory Board. He was a charter mem- 
ber of the Beauregard Parish Airport 
Commission and treasurer of AUSA 
at Fort Polk. He was a member of the 
First Baptist Church of DeRidder. 
— esse 

Albert Dunn of Leesville has 
established two scholarships at 
Northwestern State University. Dunn 
donated $40,000 to the NSU Founda- 
tion to set up The Albert J.. Jerri H., 
and David S. Dunn Scholarship in 
Education and The Albert J., Jerri H., 
and David S. Dunn Scholarship in 
Industrial Engineering Technology. 
The scholarships also honor his late 
wife Jerri, a 1950 graduate of North- 
western, and late son David, a 1 983 
graduate of Northwestern. 

Both scholarships were endowed 
with a donation of $20,000. Each 
scholarship is for four years. The 

recipient must be a Vernon Parish 
High School student that inaintains 
a 2.0 GPA, meets classroom atten- 
dance requirements and demonstrates 
financial need. Preference for the 
education scholarship will be for a 
history education or English educa- 
tion major 

"All three of us attended North- 
western," said Albert Dunn. "I had 
read about other scholarships being 
established and decided to do some- 
thing that would help others." 

Dunn, a native of Slagle, served 
in the U.S. Anny during World War 
II. He was later stationed in the 
Philippines, Korea and Japan. After 
being discharged, he entered North- 
western in 1947. 

"A bunch of us guys were stand- 
ing around talking about what we 
were going to do and a friend said, 
Tm going to go to Northwestern.' I 
decided to go with him," said Dunn. 

Dunn inajored in pre-engineering 
and was on the track team in 1947. 
Northwestern did not have an engi- 
neering major, so he had to transfer 
to complete his degree in civil engi- 
neering. Dunn worked for McDer- 
inott International, and then got a job 
with the Louisiana Department of 
Transportation and Development. He 
worked as an engineer for 41 years at 
positions around the state, retiring in 
1995. The Department of Transporta- 
tion and Development honored him 
with induction into its Hall of Honor 
in 1998. 

continued on page 10 

Euzelia Bumgardner Chase made a donation of $5,000 
to the NSU Foundation to set up the U.Z. and Jeroline 
Bumgardner Memorial Scholarship at Northwestern 
State University. She has pledged an additional 
donation of $5,000 next year. Shown, from left are 
daughter Deborah Chase Watts, Euzelia Bumgardner 
Chase, Assistant Director of Development JIN Bankston 
and daughter Jane Chase Green. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 9 

Foundation News 

Foundation news continued 

c3g s aD 

Dale Rcrnard (1053) established an athletic scholar- 
ship endowment honoring his twin brothers, whose sup- 
port and encouragement were instrumental in his pursuit 
of a college degree. The Henry and Hugh Bernard 
Athletic Scholarship honors Bernard's deceased broth- 
ers, w ho helped him through college after their father, 
a barber, sulTered a stroke. The Bernard family had 10 

In 2010. he plans to establish a scholarship in the 
College of Business in the names of his two sisters, the 
late Esther Bernard Reed and Melba Bernard Allison, 
who attended Louisiana Normal, the uni\ersity"s name 
until 1944. 

Family members present for the announcement of the 
Bernard Scholarship were, from left, Emma Pitcher 
Bernard, John Bernard, Dale Bernard, Barry Bernard, 
Rita Bernard and Louie Bernard. 

Lyndsey Gorski Miller (2007) and Antonio "Tony" 
Hernandez (1982) have joined the staff in the Office 
of Alumni and Development. Miller is the assistant 
director of Alumni Affairs. She is a former NSU softball 
player and her husband Phillip is an assistant baseball 
coach. Hernandez is assistant director of Institutional 
Advancement. As a student, he \Nas a member of 
Kappa Sigma. 

Alumni Gatherings 

Jo Weaver (1968,1995), Don Wilburn, 
Velma Wilburn (1959), and Walter 
Weaver (1963,1996) enjoyed catching 
up at the Cenia gathering. 

Ray Gill (1993), Justin Flynn (2007), 
Mary Tarver (1991), Matt Tarver, Tori 
Flynn (1997) and Kasey Gill (1997) 
attended the CenIa gathering at Tunk's 
Cypress Inn on Nov. 12. 

Guests attending the Winnfield Alumni and Recruiting reception and reunion 
were Mrs. Jane Purser and family, as well as Bobby Guin, Tom May, Jennie May, 
David Christman and Betty Christman. 

Natchitoches Gathering 

Attending the Natchitoches After 
Hours social were Rex Britt. 
Tish McKnight. Liz Gresham 
and DeWitt Booty. 

Tommy Chester, Joe Stamey, 
Richard Gill and Mike Prudhomme 
were among the guests at the 
Natchitoches event. 

If you are interested in organizing 
an NSU Alumni Chapter in your 
area, contact the Alumni Center. 

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Northwestern Receives $200,000 in Matching Funds 

orthwestem received S200,000 in matching 
funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents last fall to 
complete four endowed professorships and an endowed 
scholarship. Board of Regents member Scott Brame of 
Alexandria made the presentation on behalf of the board 
to Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

The matching money came from the Board of Re- 
gents Support Fund and allowed NSU to complete the 
Clifton M. Alford Endowed Professorship in Music, the 
Kenneth I. Durr Endowed Professorship in Account- 
ing, the Poindexter Foundation Endowed Professorship 
in Business #2, the J. Dudley Talbot, M.D. Endowed 
Professorship in Nursing and the Clifton M. Alford First 
Generation Endowed Scholarship. The professorships and 
scholarship are each worth $100,000. Interest generated 
by the endowed professorships will fund faculty research 
and development along with needed equipment. 

The Alford First Generation Endowed Scholarship 
will be awarded to a Louisiana resident whose parents 
or legal guardians have not earned a college degree. The 
recipient must be awarded a Pell Grant and have been 
admitted to Northwestern. Alford, who passed away in 
2007, did not attend Northwestern but had high regard for 
the institution. A niece, Elizabeth Leo Whitney, graduated 
from Northwestern in 1952 and Alford believed the edu- 
cation she received enabled Whitney to endure difficult 
financial circumstances and raise her family. 

A native of Bellwood, Alford graduated from 
Provencal High School, then served in the U.S. Army for 
several years. He then began a long career with Armco 
Steel, working in Houston, then in Schulenburg, Texas, 
where he would live for the rest of his life. Alford left 
a gift of $163,297 to the Northwestern State University 
Foundation and the matching funds created a total gift of 

Talbot was instrumental in forming the obstetrics 
department at Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreve- 
port, serving as staff president and chief of staff dur- 
ing his tenure. He is a diplomat of the American Board 
of Obstetrics and a fellow of the American College of 
Surgeons and Gynecology as well as a member of the 
Southern Medical Association, Central Association of 

Board of Regents member Scott Brame of Al- 
exandria made the presentation of $160,000 in 
matching funds for 4 endowed professorships 
to Northwestern President Randall Webb. The 
Board of Regents also gave $40,000 in matching 
funds for an endowed scholarship. 

Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Royale Society of 
Medicine, London. He maintained an active OB/GYN 
practice in Shreveport until his retirement in 1998. Talbot 
understood the importance of preserving the history of 
the hospital, doctors and staff since 1927 and with the 
help of friends and colleagues, assembled a variety of 
historic pictures, instruments and other artifacts and 
opened a museum as a way of recognizing the progress 
and development of the health system over the years. The 
museum was named in his honor. 

The Durr Professorship was created through a 
partnership among graduates of the business department 
from classes of 1959, 1960 and 1961 to honor Durr, who 
provided them with a foundation of knowledge benefi- 
cial to their careers. Durr graduated from Marthaville 
High School in 1933 and earned a B.S. at Louisiana State 
Normal College in 1939. He earned a master's at George 
Peabody College in 1 947 and a doctorate at Indiana 
University in 1963. He taught high school at Marthaville 
High, Robeline High, Allen High, St. Mary's and West 
Hartford, Conn., High. He then spent 35 years teaching 
accounting at the university level in Louisiana and Texas, 
teaching at Northwestern, Northeast Louisiana Univer- 
sity, Texas Women's University and Stephen F. Austin. 


Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 1 1 

Athletic News 

N Club Inductees 

The Graduate N Club, the association of athletic letterwinners at Northwestern, enshrined 
four all-time standouts into the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame during Homecoming activi- 
ties last fall. Honored were golfer Bob Konsdorf, softball pitcher Kellie Shotwell. football 
star and track All-American Al Edwards, and football and baseball standout Steve Graf. 

Demons GSR ranking shows athletes' commitment to academics 

'orthwestern State again sparkled in the 
annual release of the NCAA's Gradua- 
tion Success Rates (GSR) study, with the 
documents showing NSU is Louisiana's 
second-highest ranking public institu- 
tion in the 2009 report. Northwestern posted an overall 
73 percent GSR score, second among the state's public 
institutions and trailing only Centenar>' and Tulane (tied 
at S4 percent), and Southeastern Louisiana (76 percent) 
among the state's 13 NCAA Division I athletics pro- 
grams. That score also placed Northwestern third among 
the 12 Southland Conference member institutions, lopped 
only by a 7tS percent GSR score b} Te.xas A&M-Corpus 
Christi and SLU's 76 percent. 

Three of Northwestern 's 10 sports groups (women's 
basketball, soccer and women's tennis) ranked first 
among their Southland Conference peers in the 2009 
report released in October by the NCAA. Lad\ Demon 
Softball and tennis had the best GSR scores in their sports 
among any slate schools. 

The NCAA developed the GSR in response to the 
Federal Graduation Rate, which tlocs \io[ take into ac- 
count the mobility among college student-athletes while 
measuring graduating rates. Ihe (iSR scores include 
students transferring into the institutions and allows 
outgoing transfers to be discounted if they leave in good 
academic standing. "The fact that si> many NSU teams 

are again positioned so prominent!) in this most recent 
GSR report, when compared to other Southland Con- 
ference and state of Louisiana athletic programs, is a 
continuing testimony that our .Athletic Department focus 
on academic success is pav ing div idends." said director 
of athletics Greg Burke. 

Northwestem was one of five state-supported institu- 
tions to post a GSR score of 70 percent or better: South- 
eastern (76 percent). NSU (73), New Orleans (72), LSU 

Northwestem ranked in the upper third of the 12- 
team SLC in sex en of its 10 sports groupings. NSU was 
in the upper fourth of the state's 13 Division 1 programs 
in seven of 10 sports groups. 

Five of the six women's sports at Northwestem 
ranked either first or second in the SLC: basketball ( 1 ), 
track and Held (2). soccer ( 1 ). softball (2) and tennis ( I ). 

I he 1 adv Demon tennis program posted a perfect 
100 percent score for the second straight vear 

Also posting or equaling the highest GSR scores in 
their hislorv were men's cross countiy track and field 
(<S0 percent), women's soccer (<S6 percent), baseball (74 
percent), and football (55 percent). 

The 2009 report is based on the four entering fresh- 
men classes in Division 1 athletics from 1999-00 through 
2002-03. It's the sexenlh year that the NCAA has col- 
lected (iSR data. 

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Athletics unveils new slogan 

Celebrating more than a century filled with accomplishments and anticipating mucn more success ahead, the 
Northwestern State Athletic Department has adopted a new slogan - "Great Tradition - Brighter Future." 

"The slogan is an avenue through 
which the athletic program can pay 
tribute to the countless individual 
and team milestones at Northwest- 
em State over the years and, at the 
same time, set a tone for the student- 
athletes and coaches of today to carry 
forward that tradition by creating 
their own memorable moments," said 
athletics director Greg Burke. 

"We will have the new athletic 
slogan displayed and utilized in 
numerous ways. I invite everyone in 
the NSU family - students, faculty, 
staff, alumni, and supporters ~ to 
join us in celebrating the 'Great 
Tradition' of NSU Athletics." said 
Burke, "and to also join us as we 
look forward to and create a much 
anticipated 'Brighter Future." " 
Each of Northwestem's nine sports 
groupings will have many of its his- 
toric achievements commemorated 
on the website. 

Intercollegiate athletics began at 
Northwestern, then Louisiana Nor- 
mal College, in 1907 with a football 
game against Louisiana Polytechnic 
College, now Louisiana Tech. That 
contest took place at least three years 
after Normal's football team began 
playing against area clubs and high 
school teams, some 20 years after the 
university was founded in 1884. 
The first intercollegiate basketball 
game took place in 1913, and Nor- 
mal also competed in baseball and 
women's basketball in that era. Track 
and field, swimming and gymnastics 
were among other early sports on 

Normal adopted the nickname 
"Demons" for its athletic teams in 
1923 as the result of a campus-wide 
contest. Some of the nicknames 
suggested included the Daredevils. 
Boosters, Sharks, Cannons, Deers, 
Muskateers, Invincibles. Cyclops. 

Royalists. Bloodhounds. Cannon 
Balls, Wasps and Rattlesnakes. The 
other finalist was "Braves" but a 
student vote chose "Demons." 

Those were the origins of an 
athletic program that has produced 
eight All-Pro football stars, including 
current Buffalo Bills standout Ter- 
rence McGee and Pro Football Hall 
of Fame member Jackie Smith; three 
USA Olympic athletes (gymnast 
Richard Loyd. track and field com- 
petitors LaMark Carter and Kenta 
Bell) and a USA Olympic head coach 
(Dr. Gayle Hatch, men's weightlift- 
ing, 2004); an NBA first-round draft 
pick (Johnny McConathy. 1951) 
and current NBA player Trey Gilder 
(Memphis Grizzlies), and the only 
player in NCAA Division I basket- 
ball history, man or woman, to lead 
the nation in assists for three straight 
years (Lady Demon point guard 
Cooda Dobin, 2002-04). 

Houston Tailgate Party 


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Alumni and friends who attended the Sept. 5 Houston tailgate party were, Sue Tucker Kimball (1952) and Suzanne 
Johnson (1961) with Kirk Kimball and Roger Johnson (1962), left photo; Chad (1995) and Heather (1995) Barrios 
with daughter, Elise, 4, and sons Hayden, 7, and Grant, 9, center photo, and Jack Brittain (1979), John Breland 
(1978), Richard Karamatic (1976) and Lynda Breland (1977). 

Baylor Tailgate Party 

Nicholls Tailgate Party 


i and friends gathering for the Baylor tailgate were Nan Holmes 
Charlotte Holmes Ortegon (1991) and Casey Whaley, Brian 
(2000), Gene Tennison (2002) and Brad Reid. 

Rhonda Hernandez, Dina Stamey (1992) 
and Darlene McEwee were among the 
devoted Demon fans who traveled to 
Thibodaux to see the NSU Demons take on 
the Nicholls Colonels on Nov. 14. 

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Alumni Updates 

Stroll down memory lane 


T^ attended Northwestern State Col- 
lege in Natchitoches in the early 
195()s and lived in one of four 
one story reno\ ated army bar- 
racks. They were referred to as 
,A-Frame through D-Frame. B- 

Frame was my home aw ay from home 
and had an apartment in one end for a 
college employee who was overseer for 
all of the Frames. His name was Hal 
Townsend. and he was from Kaplan. 

In B-Frame there were maybe eight 
or 10 indi\idual rooms equipped with 
bunk beds, two desks, two open closets 
(no doors) one lavatory and some built 
in drawers. There w as one large room 
that had showers and other facilities. The 
other frames had no apartment, thus, 
more rooms. 

For most of my college years I was 
"Monitor" in B-Frame. My job was to 
assure that life there was conducive to 
study and sleep, to report any mainte- 
nance needs and to see to it that rowdi- 
ness and destructive behavior were held 
to a minimum. Being such a small group 
of students helped to make my job fairly 
easy. 1 only remember one occasion 
w hen 1 had to "give a resident a talk- 
ing to." He had an air horn and air tank 
similar to those on 18-wheelers. 

1 received $22.50 per month credit 
tow ard the S45 per month ro(Mn and 
meals. Most students had some kind o'( 
employment to help w ith school ex- 
penses. One guy washed and w axed cars 
outside the dorm. One guy cut hair. One 
w as a saxophone pla\ cr in the student 
dance band. 

One of the traditional practices at the 
beginning of each new semester was the 
shaving of freshman heads. However, 
.some crealiN ity was shov. w \> iil. •. ... i 
ous cut styles from Mohaw k to stripe, to 

leaving a ring of hair around ihc cars or 

The residents of B-Frame were 
almost like family. We participated in 
intramural sports together, we sometimes 
walked the mile plus to see mo\ ies in 
downtow n Natchitoches together and we 
usualls ate together at the college cafete- 

1 had several roommates o\ er the 
years. My first was a classmate from 
high school. He quit after the first sum- 
mer. 1 later heard that he owned a liquor 
store. Two of my roommates. .1. C". Reed 
and Ted Booty, became principals. J. C. 
retired and sold cars for Radford Buick in 
Lake Charles for a time. Another room- 
mate (Bill Shaw ) and 1 took some cours- 
es together tow ard our doctoral degrees 
at the University of Missouri in Colum- 
bia. He later became head of the depart- 
ment from w hich we earned our under- 
graduate degrees at Nonhw estern. We 
also laughl in the same dcpariment at the 
Missouri School of Mines and Metal- 
lurgy (now the U of M. RoUa). 

1 retired from McNeese after teach- 
ing in the engineering and technology 
programs for 3<S years (plus one year as 

iA)n liUcn 
Lake Charles 

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Joe Pugh Durham is 
retired and lives in 
West Monroe. 


Douglas Glynn Beach 
is a retired teacher and 
lives in Wisner. 


Ruth-Anne Eileen Hoff- 
stadt Mammons is a 
retired teacher, married 
and lives in Gretna. 


Martha Ann Williams 
Palmer is a part-time 
desk nurse at Der- 
matology Physicians- 
Lancaster, Pa., married 
and lives in Ronks, Pa. 


Lewis S. Odom is the 
owner, president, land- 
man of Claiborne Land 
Services, Inc., married 
and lives in Homer. 


Carol Sue (Suzy) 
Names is an oc- 
cupational therapist 
at Health South of 
Alexandria and lives in 


Richard (Rickey) L. 
French is a retired 
principal and lives in 
Arlington, Texas 

Patricia Frazier 
Schwartz is retired, 
married and lives in 

J. Dexter Smith is a 
retired supervisor for 
the Louisiana Depart- 
ment of Agriculture 
& Forestry, Office of 

Animal Health, Meat 
Inspection Section. 


Mary Cathy Bankston 
DeLee is retired and 
lives in Ethel. 


Kathryn Lum Todd 
is employed by Katy 
Independent School 
District as a coun- 
selor and lives in Katy, 

Virginia (Ginger) Di- 
anne Thiels is a retired 
teacher and presently 
employed as long-term 
substitute teacher with 
Zachary community 
schools and lives in 


Stephanie J. Davitt 
Bange is the educa- 
tion resource center 
director at Wright State 
University, College of 
Education and Human 
Services. She is 
married and lives in 
Dayton, Ohio. 

Dannie Aziin is em- 
ployed by Natchitoches 
Parish School Board as 
a teacher, marned and 
lives in Campti. 


Angela Cecilia Guillory 
is an assistant dean 
and director of Greek 
life at LSU and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 


IJndr n Migvez 
Hunter is a safety/ 
recruiting director at 
Spring Valley Cartage, 
married and lives in 
Garland, Texas. 


Mike H. Packard is a 
band director at White- 
water Middle School, 
married and lives in 
Fort Mill, S.C. 


Edgar Keith Cooper 
is dean of students, 
football, track coach, 
married and lives in 
Camden, Ark. 


Julie Lynne Brokmeyer 
is a family nurse prac- 
titioner at Univer- 
sity Hospital of New 
Mexico/Family Practice 
Clinic and lives in 
Albuquerque, N.M. 


Dr. Christine Marie 
Hubbard Butler is em- 
ployed by Conroe ISD 
as a pnncipal, married 
to James Butler ('96) 
and lives in Spring, 


Ryan Keith Bundy is 
an energy consultant 
at Alternative Power 
Systems and lives in 
Peoria III. 


Melissa Ann Champion 
is employed with the 
Louisiana Department 
of Social Services as 
an assistant to the 
deputy secretary and 
lives in Port Allen. 


Kimberly Dawn Renz 
Roberson is employed 
by Katy Independent 
School District as a 
registered nurse, mar- 
ried to Cade Roberson 
('91) and lives in Katy, 

WHy I Love [KSV 

"As a 1960 graduate of NSC, my years on 
campus were a great experience for a Cajun 
from the bayou country. My roommate at the 
time was Dub Carson and we resided in the 
brickshack. Dub later left NSC to become a 
minister and we are still the best of friends. 
The key to NSC is that lasting friendships were 
formed and maintained through the years. Just 
to mention a few that come to mind are Ted 
Roberts, Jim Tuma, Roy Fair, Larry Rice and 
Earl Nolan. This special year will always be 
remembered by this band of brothers. " 

— Norbert Paul Vincent 


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1949 - Rev. Roy Remont, July 21 , 2009 

1947, 1951 -Max Webster Pugh, 
Nov. 7, 2009, Marksville 

1950 - Horace A. Corley, June 9, 2009 

1950 - Frank D. Lassiter, August 16, 2009, 

1985 - Jim Edward Bridges, Nov. 30, 2009, 
!"'.. Wayne, Ind. 

1988 - Barbara Selby Fry, Sept. 30, 2009, 

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Campus News 


Mickey Crnkovic drove In for two points during an overtime victory 
against Louisiana Tech that clenched a share of the Gulf States 
Conference Championship. 

Seated from left are Larry Skinner, Jimmy Leach. Pete Walpoie and Lovick Johnson. 
Kneeling are Richard Pulllg, Larry Williams, Bill Stewart. Paul Fllnn and Phillip Haley. 
Standing are Benny Arthur, manager; Elvln f\/1cCann, Jimmy Adkins, Larry Fontenot. 
Mickey Crnkovic, Bobby Wicker and Coach Huey Cranford. 

Northwestern State College witnessed a great example of team spirit, hustle and a desire to win in 1958 when, 
picked to finish second in the division, the Demon basketball team won the co-championship of the Gulf States 
Conference. Coach Huey Cranford had only seven returning lettermen and one returning squadman and e\en w ith the 
addition of si.x freshmen newcomers, prospects were not bright for the team. 

The biggest game of the season was played against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, a game in which the football team 
gathered in uniform to send off their fellow Demons. The Demons came from behind a 20 point Bulldog lead to 
drub Tech 72-66 in an overtime win that gained them a share of the GSC championship. 

The Demons sported the best season records for the conference in team offense, free throw s and rebounds. The 
overall season record was 20-7. Jimmy Leach and Mickey Crnkovic were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers 
Association's all-GSC first team and received Little Ail-American Honorable Mention. Bobby Wicker was named on 
the all-GSC third team and Coach Cranford was named LSWA Coach of the Year. 

Guess Who? 

A campus-w ide vote, sponsored by the Student Union 
Governing Board, elected this coed Winter Ball Queen in 
1974. The selection was based on service to the school, 
leadership and scholastic standing. Can you name her and 
the Union Director w ho congratulated her? The first fi\ c 
alumni to call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 with 
the coiTccl answers will win a prize. 

Congratulations to Shearoii (lUidry (63) and Karen 
.Vnne (>uidro/ (89) who correct!) idcnlilicd the 19(S5 
Homecoming Court. They were Reatha Cole, Michaela 
Sampitc, Ycvette .lordan. Palti Smiley, Queen Theresa 
(iuillory. Rachel llcidcr, ,'\m\ Whilford. Tamiin Collins 
and Melissa llitihtowcr. 

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